Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 17

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 17

I have a hard time sleeping on airplanes.  This was always problematic when I lived in Romania and would fly home to see my family in Mississippi. The trip from Bucharest to London to Dallas to Jackson and the drive home always equalled up to about a 24-hour day in airplanes and airport.  This meant that every time I would go home, it would be a full day without sleep. Because of this, my mind was consumed with the idea of reaching Jackson, driving home, and getting in my bed. Whether I was eating lunch in an airport Ruby Tuesday, thumbing mindlessly through a stack of shirts in a Brooks Brothers store, or gawking at the things people actually buy in the duty-free shop, I could only think of my destination and my bed. 

For the Christian, this world is not our home. We were created with a longing for eternity that we won’t satisfy while in our mortal flesh.  Because of this, we attempt to satiate that longing with the temporal pleasures of the world. But, just like an airport Ruby Tuesday, these pleasures are never wholly satisfying and leave us craving more. 

Christian, don’t attempt to stifle your desire for heaven on earth.  The angst and longing that we feel to be with our creator points to the reality that we live in a fallen world and are awaiting an eternal future of holy pleasures and glory. Live fully in this tension and, instead of bingeing on Netflix shows, live into the holiness that God calls you to, the holiness that you will experience in a perfect and lasting way when you are forever united with Christ in the new Jerusalem. 

THE WORD

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11-14
Sermon: A Perfect Fit

SONGS

Holy, Holy, Holy (arr. Traditional)
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But For You Who Fear My Name (arr. The Welcome Wagon)
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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: All Things New (arr. Red Mountain Music)
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Song for the Supper: The Feast (arr. Karl Digerness)
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Song of Response: Jerusalem, My Happy Home (arr. J. D. Goodwyne)
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THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“Now brethren it occurred to me, that on a day like this, a day on which we have sat at the Lord’s table to commemorate his death, it might be well for us to observe how the Lord (knowing our weakness, our forgetfulness, our tendency to look away from that which is most vital and essential in our religion, and to let ourselves be absorbed and distracted by a multitude of surface-duties and surface-experiences); how the Lord, I say, knowing this weakness, has made gracious provision in the institution of the Supper for recalling us ever again to a sense of what is the center and core of our relation to him, in order that we might not lose our contact with the heart of the gospel in which lie the issues of all true Christian life and activity. What the feasts were to Israel, that the sacraments are to us [and] that the Lord’s Supper especially ought to be to us. Our Passover also has been sacrificed and each time that we repeat its observance, the Lord himself invites us that we shall call our thoughts home to the contemplation of that one thing on which our very life as believers depends, his atoning death.

But not only does the sacrament point us to the most fundamental fact of our religion, it is like unto the Passover also in this other respect—that it places before our minds in a condensed form the whole compass of what we have and are in Christ, the entire range of the salvation he has purchased for us, in its length and breadth and depth and height. Precisely because what it commemorates is so fundamental, it cannot help being comprehensive, for in the root of our redemption lies everything that this redemption can possibly embrace.”

                                                                                                            – Geerhardus Vos

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